Is there life after death? Emdad Khan, Ottawa


Is there life after death? Emdad Khan, Ottawa

It is a valid question, as stated in the Quran, people asked prophets:

Will we be resurrected? “When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we (then) verily be resurrected? (37.16)

أَءِذَا مِتۡنَا وَكُنَّا تُرَابً۬ا وَعِظَـٰمًا أَءِنَّا لَمَبۡعُوثُونَ (١٦) سُوۡرَةُ الصَّافات

“(That) when we die and become dust and bones, shall we indeed (be raised up) to receive recompense (reward/punishment)?” (37.53)

أَءِذَا مِتۡنَا وَكُنَّا تُرَابً۬ا وَعِظَـٰمًا أَءِنَّا لَمَدِينُونَ (٥٣) سُوۡرَةُ الصَّافات


God in the Quran, answers the above questions  by comparing (a) the reviving of the dead earth with plants or (b) waking up from sleep.  Here, we give two examples of each types.


Reviving dead earth: And Who sends down water (rain) from the sky in due measure. then We revive a dead land therewith, and even so you will be brought forth (from the graves), (43.11)

وَٱلَّذِى نَزَّلَ مِنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ مَآءَۢ بِقَدَرٍ۬ فَأَنشَرۡنَا بِهِۦ بَلۡدَةً۬ مَّيۡتً۬ا‌ۚ كَذَٲلِكَ تُخۡرَجُونَ (١١) سُوۡرَةُ الزّخرُف

And among His Signs, that you see the earth barren/dead, but when We send down water (rain) to it, it is stirred to life and growth (of vegetations). Verily, He Who gives it life, surely is Able to give life to the dead (on the Day of Resurrection). Indeed! He is Able to do all things. (41.39)

وَمِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦۤ أَنَّكَ تَرَى ٱلۡأَرۡضَ خَـٰشِعَةً۬ فَإِذَآ أَنزَلۡنَا عَلَيۡہَا ٱلۡمَآءَ ٱهۡتَزَّتۡ وَرَبَتۡ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَحۡيَاهَا لَمُحۡىِ ٱلۡمَوۡتَىٰٓ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَىۡءٍ۬ قَدِيرٌ (٣٩) سُوۡرَةُ فُصّلَت


Getting up from sleep: It is He Who takes your souls by night (when you are asleep), and has knowledge of all that you have done by day, then He raises (wakes) you up again that a term appointed (your life period) be fulfilled, then (in the end) unto Him will be your return. Then He will inform you of that which you used to do. (6.60)

وَهُوَ ٱلَّذِى يَتَوَفَّٮٰڪُم بِٱلَّيۡلِ وَيَعۡلَمُ مَا جَرَحۡتُم بِٱلنَّہَارِ ثُمَّ يَبۡعَثُڪُمۡ فِيهِ لِيُقۡضَىٰٓ أَجَلٌ۬ مُّسَمًّ۬ى‌ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَيۡهِ مَرۡجِعُكُمۡ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمۡ تَعۡمَلُونَ (٦٠) سُوۡرَةُ الاٴنعَام

God takes the souls at the time of death, and takes those that do not die during their sleep. He withholds those for whom He decreed death and sends the others back for an appointed term.” ( 39:42)

ٱللَّهُ يَتَوَفَّى ٱلۡأَنفُسَ حِينَ مَوۡتِهَا وَٱلَّتِى لَمۡ تَمُتۡ فِى مَنَامِهَا‌ۖ فَيُمۡسِكُ ٱلَّتِى قَضَىٰ عَلَيۡہَا ٱلۡمَوۡتَ وَيُرۡسِلُ ٱلۡأُخۡرَىٰٓ إِلَىٰٓ أَجَلٍ۬ مُّسَمًّى‌ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٲلِكَ لَأَيَـٰتٍ۬ لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ (٤٢) سُوۡرَةُ الزُّمَر


As Muslims, we believe that the present life is a trial in preparation for the next life. All the Prophets of God called their people to worship God and to believe in the life after death.